Monday 5 December 2016

Comment: Dirty Dig at Joe Brolly cheapens a very serious issue

Published 27/09/2015 | 17:00

Joe Brolly and Conor Cusack
Joe Brolly and Conor Cusack
Gaelic football analyst Joe Brolly

Joe Brolly wrote a column in this paper last week which included a story about how after an under 10 team he coached lost a game they were, "All sobbing like contestants on the X Factor until I snapped at them, 'Quit yapping boys, it's embarrassing'. At which point the tears were switched off."

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This prompted Conor Cusack, brother of the more famous Dónal óg, to tweet, 'Distressing to read this in a national newspaper this morning from an U10 GAA coach & we wonder at men's high suicide', an over-reaction so wild and hysterical and downright unconnected with what Brolly had said as to make you wonder what the hell was going on there.

At which point I remembered that Dónal óg is no fan of Brolly and once gave out about him at length from the top table at a GPA meeting. Cusack Minor, it seemed to me, had used Brolly's unremarkable statement as a chance to land what is technically known as a Dirty Dig. A 'Hit me now with male suicide in my arms' kind of dirty dig.

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